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Dec 6, 2013 12:00am PST
regime, and in 1990, after 27 years in a cell, nelson mandela was released. four years later, voters of south africa, black and white, would go to the polls in if first democratic election in that country, and elect mandela their president with 62% of the vote. mandela set about what to do what seemed to be an impossible task, stitching together these two people, one oppressed, degraded for years, the other a minority, fearing they would be completely disempowered. in his inaugural speech, mandela stressed it would not be that way. >> and i enter a covenant to build a society in which all south africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall without any fear in their hearts. a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world. >> mandela would transfer power after a five-year term and live to become the founder of a new nation, the living embodiment of its highest aspirations. joining me now is rohid. i cannot imagine the mood in south africa at this moment. >> it's a strange mood and it's very early in the morning here. so it's difficult to gauge the mood across the countr
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm PST
of the greatest men of our time is dead tonight. nelson mandela passing away today at the age of 95. shortly after his death, south african president jacob zuma addressed the nation. >> fellow south africans, our beloved nelson mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost a father. >> south africa and the world in mourning at this moment. world leaders expressing their condolences. president obama addressed us earlier this evening. >> he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today he's gone home. and we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against aparthe apartheid. i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 5:00pm PST
figure like nelson mandela might be surprising. but that comment thread is just the capstone on a very long luckily dwindling tradition. think progress is out with a handy guide today detailing much of the conservative cannon on south africa like in the 1960s when mandela was sentenced to life in prison and the national review opined, quote, the south african court have sentenced a batch of admitted terrorists to life in the penitentiary. and you would think the court had just finished barbecuing st. joan. to hear the house and the liberal press. in the 17 -- 1970s, the government on economic grounds. in the 1980s, the late jerry fall we fallwell urged them to tell them to oppose sanctions against the apartheid regime telling them, quote, sanctions against south africa will hurt the blacks much more than the government or anyone else. in the '90s as mandela prepared to visit, the heritage foundation warned americans that quote have reasons to be skeptical of him and arguing the quote mandela is not a freedom fighter. but it hasn't just been pundits and commentators. the modern conserva
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm PST
passing of his personal hero, nelson mandela, an event that msnbc will be covering for the rest of the evening. i have covered two great events in my career. one was the fall of the berlin wall in 1989 and the other was the election in south africa five years later. i was there when the black majority voted by the millions, stretching from one horizon so the other. i saw firsthand the devotion to democracy and the great legacy of the man who died today. president obama paid tribute to nelson mandela today. through his fierce dignity, an unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others he transformed south africa and moved all of us. embodied the that countries can change for the better. his commitment for the power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example for all humanity to aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or in our own personal lives. >>> i promised you the president of the united states, and he's here. let's play "hardball." ♪ >> it's my honor to introduce the president of the united states. >> hey. [ applause ] ♪ >> well, than
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